When people would pay me a compliment, I would always be quick to respond with either an excuse or an explanation.
You have nice hair.
No, I don't really. It's frizzy and takes forever to get it this way.
Any compliment came with a blush, embarrassment and reason to show why I didn't deserve it. Why I did this, I am not sure but after many years I finally learned that a compliment is to make you feel so good.
I used to work with a very wise woman. She and I had a special bond, we were soul sisters. One day she looked at me and said, "I'm going to say something to you but you can not respond. You need to hear it and think about it." Hesitantly I said ok. She told me I was beautiful. I said nothing. I heard her words. I felt her words. I understood why she told me not to respond, because I really believed her. From that moment on, I accepted compliments with my heart. If someone was going to say something kind to me, it was because they believed it and I should too. I love to hear compliments now and even more, I love to give them. Everywhere I go. If someone walks by me and smells really good, I will go back and tell that person instead of keeping it to myself. I keep the compliments people give me and I give back 10 times more. I think about that conversation between the wise woman and I very often.
When someone gives you a compliment, accept it, show gratitude for it, feel it in you body, deep in your bones. Allow that compliment to feed your soul the way you deserve it.